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Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
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Dec 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: military

Amazing research and storytelling.

Interesting interview with the author, where he draws a parallel with the American Civil War.

Quotes from the Epilogue

p. 345.

" The epic success of the Horse Soldiers, as they were dubbed, was stunning, by both historical and contemporary standards. The campaign is, in fact, a template for the way the present war - and future ones - should be fought. Instead of large scale occupations, we should rely on small units of Special Forces who have proved it's infinitely more effective to work with a country's soldiers and citizens at eye level."

"The story of the Horse Soldiers was not unlike a Western, featuring high-tech lasers, rather than six-shooters, fought on horseback."

p. 358

"What struck me during my research was learning the degree to which violence had often been a third or fourth choice in resolving conflict. Indeed, some men in this book never fired a weapon, even when doing so would put an 'end' to a problem. Instead, the crisis of a particular moment was fixed by crouching in the dirt with a stick, opposite the 'opponent,' and scratching out a solution. This method, though time-intensive, can be far more effective and lasting than kicking doors, guns blazing, a more usual (albeit often incorrect) perception of a modern soldier's modus operandi."

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